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…2017 Festival launches on 4th October at Provincial Grand Lodge, City Hall, Salisbury

As we count down to the launch of 2017 Festival many Brethren are keen to learn more of what is planned for the next five years. The simple answer to that is - find out by attending Provincial Grand Lodge on 4th October when Francis Wakem, Provincial Grand Master will launch the Festival.

For those who do not know what a Festival is, our Province will be aiming to raise the sum of £750,000.00, over the next five years, to support the Masonic Samaritan Fund. Each Province can expect to hold a Festival, in support of one of the Masonic charities, every 10 years or so. The aim is to have fun and enjoy ourselves whilst helping one of our national charities.

However you look at it £¾ million is a significant amount. However it only equates to £5.00 per month for every Free- mason in the Province of Wiltshire with Gift Aid added. That said, we would sincerely hope to not only reach that target but to exceed it by a substantial amount.

Bearing in mind the present economic climate and inflation the target is only a slightly increased figure from that of the last Festival in 2003 in the hope that it will not be too much of a strain on the active members of the Province.

VW Bro Peter Winton, Deputy Provincial Grand Master Chairs the Festival committee, assisted by a number of dedicated sub-Committees.

The Fundraising Committee has the job of organising events which will be available to all members of the Province their family and friends.

The Publicity and Public Relations Committee is led by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Philip Bullock who will be keeping you informed as to what is happening for the Festi- val throughout the Province. They are looking to make a presentation to each Lodge and answer any questions you may have. They will make available publicity information, literature, helpful guides for Charity Stewards with reference to the Festival. its aims and events.

The Logistics Committee under the Chairmanship of Simon Leighfield is sourcing Festival products for sale, cufflinks, tie pins, pens, mugs, scarves, and loads of other attractive items which will be available at Provincial Grand Lodge. You will be able to buy these throughout the duration of the Festival, and exciting new items will be introduced from time to time to keep up your interest.

The Festival Jewel designed by W Bro Andrew Tiffin is unique and will be much in demand so make sure that you qualify for the opportunity of wearing one by entering into a Gift Aided obligation to donate a minimum of £300.00 to the Festival throughout its duration. There will only be ‘Stewards’ of the Festival, no Patrons or Grand Patrons although there will be a distinguishing pin which will be in Gilt for those donating £300.00 and Bronze for those who donate £600.00 or more. Full details will be available in due course.

Finally, the Final Event committee has arranged a Festival Launch Dinner on 27th October at Wellington Barn. All Lodge Secretaries have received details of this event.

The food is freshly prepared, the waiters are trained in silver service, the wines are individually chosen and reasonably priced. The evening will include light entertainment from members of the Wessex Male Voice Choir, with a Firework Display as a Grand Finale. An evening not to be missed.

Places are restricted and if you want to participate in a unique event you will need to contact your Secretary or Ian Dunbar Tel: 01249 660456 E:

Be prepared. Be amazed, Be there

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Across the Plain is published by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Wiltshire twice a year in the winter and summer. The magazine is sent by post to the 2400 Masons and the Masonic Widows in Wiltshire. Editor and Advertising Sales Contact: Philip Mackie Tel 01380 739630 (office hours) Provincial Editorial Contacts: Please see the details on page 26.

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